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MPP Piccini Announces Ground Breaking For Port Hope Senior Centre

MPP David Piccini was joined by the Members of Council for the Municipality of Port Hope and MP Philip Lawrence in an official ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, July 8, 2022, to celebrate the launch of the Town Park Recreation Centre Expansion Project, as construction on the initiative is set to begin.

The construction of a new facility to replace the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre is an objective of the Port Hope Strategic Plan. In November of 2019, the Municipality applied to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), which is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

On March 12, 2021, it was announced that the Municipality was successful with the ICIP application, and the project was awarded funding in the amount of $1.2M from the federal government and $1M from the provincial government.

The completed facility will enhance the usable space and optimize operational costs, while providing enhanced older adult programming and increased programming for all ages.

Following an open and competitive process last spring, the Municipality of Port Hope awarded the contract to Dalren Limited. Staff released a design-build request for proposal in Fall 2021 and the locally based contracting firm was the successful bidder based on factors including, quality management approach, design excellence and creativity, and meeting requirements for schedule, and price.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2023. Current programming at the TPRC is set to continue during the upcoming construction with anticipated minor disruptions.

Ongoing communication and collaboration with the community and the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre Board and membership will include newsletters, bi-monthly updates, social media notices and in-person events.